With both teams on a great run of form, the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Everton yesterday was always likely to be a tight and hard fought affair, and so it turned out. But the Arsenal boss feels that his team were not given a fair crack of the whip by match officials, handing an unfair advantage to Roberto Martinez and his Toffees.
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There is a school of thought that says that anything worth winning is better when you earn it. Well Arsenal will certainly have earned any trophy they win this season, because if it wasn’t for bad luck, we wouldn’t have any luck at all. I am talking, of course, about the draw for the third round of the FA cup.
While Chelsea gor Derby County and Man City got Blackburn Rovers, the Gunners were handed the hardest draw yet again. At least we are at home, and with our north London rivals Tottenham as our opponents, the home advantage could be crucial. I am sure that Arsene Wenger was hoping for a championship side, so he could give some of the overworked Gunners a well deserved rest, but there is no chance of us taking it easy now.
There have been a few stories in the media this week about Arsenal being interested in a January transfer move for the Fulham and Bulgaria international striker Dimitar Berbatov. The news, or rumour, was met with relative indifference by a lot of Arsenal fans, who are keen to see the Gunners get a real top quality front man when the transfer window opens.
However, I think we could do a lot worse than signing the talented but often criticised 32-year old, and his performance against Aston Villa earlier certainly added weight to that belief. Berbatov was excellent and did some things effortlessly that most players would not dream of attempting. He assisted Fulham’s first goal and played a sublime pass that led to the penalty which he converted for the second.
Arsenal went into this Premier League clash with Everton at the Emirates knowing that a win would give them a seven point lead at the top of the table. They were also on a great run of form, but so were Everton, and it was the Toffees who started better.
They were getting on good positions and dominating possession and that seemed to knock us back a bit, with a few passes going astray and we seemed to be just losing out on the 50-50 challenges. Having said that, Everton were not really getting in on goal and creating clear cut chances.
This is a massive game for Arsenal against Everton, especially when you consider that the next two Premier League games are away to Man City and at home to Chelsea. A win today would give the Gunners the breathing space to lose both those games and still be on top of the table.
But Everton are coming fresh from an away win at Old Trafford and so will be full of belief. Roberto Martinez has named an unchanged side from that win over United, but the good news for us is that, with Sagna missing from the Arsenal team, one of their most dangerous players, Leighton Baines, is injured and so Carl Jenkinson will not come under as much pressure as he might have done.
When Arsene Wenger spoke about the Arsenal home fans a few weeks ago, it was not the first time that the subject of a big club’s home games being a bit flat. Manchester United and Tottenham have been in the news this season among others and there have been calls for safe standing areas, singing areas and other ideas intended to get some of the passion and atmosphere back.
When you see the fans of clubs like Borussia Dortmund or places like Cardiff, Crystal palace and others it is frustrating when you see the Emirates looking quiet. Even worse, in recent years while the Gunners were struggling, the home fans could actually be more of a hindrance than a help, wrecking the confidence of players like Gervinho and Chamakh.
Hoping Arsenal have a better end to 1st half of the season by Uma
Like every football match, the 1st half shows your intent to the game and whether you are in it for a win, loss or draw. How you approach the game in the 1st half determines to a great extent the result you get from the game. Arsenal’s 1st half so far has been a great one (especially on the pitch), with plenty of intent and determination to get a good result by the time the final whistle sounds. It has got the fans smiling and given us something to brag about (and for the 1st time in a while I can let my voice be heard here in Nigeria when other fans are bragging, I keep telling them this is present and at present my team is on top).
Results in the Premier League today have been good to Arsenal and have eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger and his players ahead of an important home game against Everton. But the manager has insisted that Arsenal are in no mood to relax, especially as they are well aware of the danger posed by the Merseyside club.
Everton have not suffered from losing David Moyes to Manchester United, in fact they are arguably better this season under Roberto Martinez. And their record against the big teams is excellent. The Toffees have already faced Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and United and they have lost just once, to City at the Etihad.
It has been a frustrating season so far at Arsenal for Theo Walcott, on a personal level at least. The flying forward struggled for goals at the start of the campaign, and just when he started to find his form and the back of the net he suffered an unexpected abdominal problem that needed surgery and kept him on the sidelines for a couple of months.
But thankfully the Gunners have coped well in his absence and Walcott comes back into a side sitting on top of the Premier League table and poised to win their Champions League group. However, that means that Walcott will have to be on top form to force his way back into the starting XI on a regular basis.
When Arsenal played earlier than their Premier League rivals last weekend, they had a chance to increase the pressure and they ensured that is exactly what happened with an assured and confident performance and win in a difficult away clash with Cardiff City.
The roles were reversed this week, with Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool all playing today, so Arsenal will have expected to start the game against Everton tomorrow with teams breathing down their necks. But the Gunners have been handed a nice boost, with both our main title rivals failing to put any extra pressure on, while another loss for United almost rules them out of the race.
When Arsenal smashed the club transfer record t sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on the last dqay of the windpw this summer, there was no doubt that it was the big story of the day, if not the summer. The German international is widely recognised as being one of the best players in the world for his technical ability and vision. He was even rated as the best playmaker in the world by his former manager and boss of Arsenal’s Premier league rivals, Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho.